Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11 - Report - Supplementary data: Experiences with primary health care

Healthy Communities: Australians' experiences with primary health care in 2010–11

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Supplementary data: Experiences with primary health care

Among all adults who saw a GP for urgent care in the preceding 12 months (speaking about their most recent consultation):

In 2010–11, the percentage who said they waited longer than four hours between making an appointment and seeing a GP varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 18% to 52%.

Percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
18 – 31%
32 – 38%
39 – 41%
42 – 46%
47 – 52%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an EDs in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who waited >4 hours from making an appointment to seeing GP instead of an ED in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Note:The term urgent was left to the respondents interpretation. Discretionary interviewer advice was to include health issues that arose suddenly and were potentially serious, for example, fever, headache, vomiting, unexplained rash; but that seeing a GP to get a medical certificate for work for a less serious illness would not be considered urgent.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who felt they waited longer than acceptable to get an appointment (%)
Metro 1 39%
Australian Capital Territory# 801 46%
Eastern Sydney 101 NP
Inner West Sydney 102 NP
Northern Sydney 107 NP
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 NP
Inner NW Melbourne 201 NP
Bayside 202 NP
Inner East Melbourne 206 NP
Metro 2 42%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 47%
Perth North Metro 502 39%
Metro North Brisbane 301 39%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 38%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 38%
South Eastern Sydney 103 NP
South Western Melbourne 203 NP
Eastern Melbourne 207 NP
Gold Coast 303 NP
Perth Central & East Metro 501 NP
Fremantle 503 NP
Bentley-Armadale 504 NP
Metro 3 32%
Northern Adelaide# 401 49%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 32%
South Western Sydney# 104 20%
Western Sydney# 105 18%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 NP
Northern Melbourne 205 NP
South Eastern Melbourne 208 NP
Regional 1 40%
Hunter 111 40%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 NP
Central Coast NSW 109 NP
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 NP
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 NP
Barwon 210 NP
Sunshine Coast 304 NP
Perth South Coastal 505 NP
Regional 2 45%
North Coast NSW 113 45%
Tasmania 601 44%
New England 114 NP
Western NSW 115 NP
Murrumbidgee 116 NP
Southern NSW 117 NP
Grampians 211 NP
Great South Coast 212 NP
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 NP
Goulburn Valley 215 NP
Hume 216 NP
Gippsland 217 NP
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 NP
Wide Bay 307 NP
Country South SA 404 NP
South West WA 506 NP
Rural 1 36%
Country North SA 405 31%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Central Qld 308 NP
Townsville-Mackay 310 NP
Rural 2 44%
Northern Territory 701 52%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Far North Qld 311 NP
Goldfields-Midwest 507 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months and had a preferred GP:

In 2010–11, the percentage who said they could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals ranging from 23% to 54%.

Percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
23 – 33%
34 – 36%
37 – 39%
40 – 41%
42 – 54%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who could not access their preferred GP at any time (%)
Metro 1 33%
Australian Capital Territory# 801 42%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 39%
Bayside 202 34%
Northern Sydney 107 34%
Inner East Melbourne 206 34%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 31%
Inner West Sydney# 102 25%
Eastern Sydney# 101 24%
Metro 2 37%
Perth North Metro# 502 43%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 41%
Fremantle 503 41%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 40%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 39%
Eastern Melbourne 207 39%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 37%
Metro North Brisbane 301 36%
Bentley-Armadale 504 36%
South Western Melbourne 203 33%
South Eastern Sydney# 103 31%
Gold Coast# 303 27%
Metro 3 31%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb# 204 44%
Northern Adelaide# 401 40%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 35%
Northern Melbourne 205 34%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 32%
Western Sydney 105 26%
South Western Sydney# 104 23%
Regional 1 40%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven# 110 47%
Barwon 210 46%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 41%
Central Coast NSW 109 41%
Perth South Coastal 505 39%
Sunshine Coast 304 37%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 37%
Hunter 111 37%
Regional 2 40%
Southern NSW# 117 54%
Grampians 211 48%
Gippsland 217 46%
South West WA 506 43%
Hume 216 42%
Tasmania 601 41%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 40%
Western NSW 115 39%
North Coast NSW 113 39%
Great South Coast 212 36%
Murrumbidgee 116 35%
Wide Bay 307 35%
New England 114 NP
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 NP
Goulburn Valley 215 NP
Country South SA 404 NP
Rural 1 40%
Central Qld 308 38%
Townsville-Mackay 310 38%
Far West NSW 118 NP
Lower Murray 213 NP
Country North SA 405 NP
Rural 2 41%
Northern Territory 701 38%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Far North Qld 311 NP
Goldfields-Midwest 507 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months and had a preferred GP:

In 2010–11, the percentage who felt that their GP always or often showed respect for what they had to say in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 86% to 96%.

Percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
86 – 90%
91%
92%
93 – 97%
95 – 96%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect at any time in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who felt that their GP always or often showed respect (%)
Metro 1 94%
Eastern Sydney 101 96%
Inner East Melbourne 206 95%
Northern Sydney 107 95%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 95%
Bayside 202 95%
Inner West Sydney 102 94%
Australian Capital Territory# 801 91%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 91%
Metro 2 92%
South Eastern Sydney 103 95%
Perth North Metro# 502 95%
Central Adelaide & Hills# 402 94%
Fremantle 503 94%
Metro North Brisbane 301 94%
Eastern Melbourne 207 93%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 92%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 91%
South Western Melbourne 203 91%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 91%
Bentley-Armadale 504 91%
Gold Coast 303 90%
Metro 3 92%
Western Sydney# 105 94%
Northern Melbourne 205 93%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 92%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 92%
South Western Sydney 104 91%
Northern Adelaide 401 91%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb# 204 88%
Regional 1 93%
Central Coast NSW# 109 96%
Hunter 111 94%
Barwon 210 93%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 93%
Sunshine Coast 304 93%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 93%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 92%
Perth South Coastal# 505 89%
Regional 2 92%
Wide Bay# 307 96%
Western NSW# 115 95%
Goulburn Valley 215 94%
Grampians 211 94%
South West WA 506 93%
Hume 216 93%
Southern NSW 117 92%
Tasmania 601 92%
Gippsland 217 91%
North Coast NSW 113 91%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 91%
Great South Coast 212 90%
New England 114 90%
Murrumbidgee 116 90%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 89%
Country South SA 404 88%
Rural 1 90%
Country North SA 405 91%
Central Qld 308 91%
Far West NSW 118 90%
Townsville-Mackay 310 90%
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 88%
Goldfields-Midwest# 507 95%
Far North Qld 311 87%
Northern Territory 701 86%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months and had a preferred GP:

In 2010–11, the percentage who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 80% to 94%.

Percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
80 – 85%
86%
87 – 88%
89%
90 – 94%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who felt that their GP always or often spent enough time with them
Metro 1 88%
Eastern Sydney# 101 94%
Northern Sydney 107 91%
Bayside 202 89%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 88%
Inner East Melbourne 206 88%
Inner West Sydney 102 87%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 85%
Australian Capital Territory# 801 85%
Metro 2 88%
Metro North Brisbane# 301 90%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 90%
South Eastern Sydney 103 90%
Perth North Metro 502 89%
South Western Melbourne 203 88%
Bentley-Armadale 504 87%
Gold Coast 303 87%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 86%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 86%
Fremantle 503 86%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 86%
Eastern Melbourne 207 86%
Metro 3 87%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 90%
Northern Melbourne 205 89%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 88%
Western Sydney 105 87%
South Western Sydney 104 86%
Northern Adelaide 401 84%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 83%
Regional 1 88%
Central Coast NSW# 109 92%
Hunter 111 90%
Barwon 210 89%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 88%
Sunshine Coast 304 88%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 88%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula 209 87%
Perth South Coastal# 505 81%
Regional 2 88%
Wide Bay 307 92%
Western NSW# 115 91%
Gippsland 217 91%
South West WA# 506 91%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 89%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 89%
Grampians 211 88%
Great South Coast 212 88%
Tasmania 601 87%
Goulburn Valley 215 87%
North Coast NSW 113 86%
Hume 216 86%
Southern NSW 117 86%
New England 114 84%
Murrumbidgee 116 82%
Country South SA 404 80%
Rural 1 86%
Country North SA 405 89%
Townsville-Mackay 310 87%
Far West NSW 118 86%
Central Qld 308 82%
Lower Murray 213 NP
Rural 2 82%
Goldfields-Midwest# 507 90%
Northern Territory 701 83%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Far North Qld 311 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

Among all adults who saw a GP for their own health in the preceding 12 months and had a preferred GP:

In 2010–11, the percentage who thought their GP explained the reason for the most recent referral in the preceding 12 months varied across Medicare Locals, ranging from 91% to 100%.

Percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist, 2010–11

Results for Medicare Locals were ranked from highest to lowest and then split into five equal-sized groups.1 The range within each of the five groups was as follows:

The following images are of maps showing medicare local boundaries. Equivalent information is available in Fair comparisons section

Map of Australia showing the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

The following is a legend for the maps detailed on this page. The first row shows the various colour ranges, the second is the relevant colour's range value and the third indicates which end is highest and lowest.
NP
91 – 94%
95%
96%
97 – 98%
99 – 100%
Lowest group
Highest group
Medicare Local catchment boundary
Numbers on map are Medicare Local reference codes

i. Perth and surrounding areas

Map of Perth and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

ii. Adelaide and surrounding areas

Map of Adelaide and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iii. Melbourne and surrounding areas

Map of Melbourne and surrounding areas the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

iv. Canberra and surrounding areas

Map of Canberra and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

v. Sydney and surrounding areas

Map of Sydney and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

vi. Brisbane and surrounding areas

Map of Brisbane and surrounding areas showing the percentage of adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist in the preceding 12 months in 2010-11

1. Each Medicare Local has been assigned to a quintile group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

2. For more information on peer groups see Technical Supplement.

3. Peer group results are calculated using the results of all survey responses within the group. For more information see Technical Supplement.

Note:Survey excludes persons aged less than 15 years, persons living in non-private dwellings, very remote areas, and discrete Indigenous communities.

Note:The response categories for this data item in the survey were as follows: the GP did explain reasons for referral at the recent or previous occasion; there was no need for the referral to be explained; and the GP did not explain reasons for the referral. The numerator includes whether the GP explained reasons for referral at the recent or on a previous occasion, and excludes cases where there was no need for the referral to be explained.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Health Survey 2010–11.

Data can be downloaded from Explore the data.

Fair comparisons

To more fairly compare Medicare Locals, each Medicare Local catchment has been grouped into one of seven peer groups2, based on remoteness and socioeconomic status. This allows:

  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared within the same metropolitan, regional or rural peer group, and
  • Medicare Local catchments to be compared with the average for their peer group3

It also allows variation to be seen across peer groups that may be associated with remoteness and socioeconomic status.

See the PDF ReportOpens in a new window. for a graphical representation of the table below.

Peer groups Map reference Adults who thought their GP explained reasons for referral to a specialist
Metro 1 94%
Eastern Sydney# 101 97%
Inner West Sydney 102 96%
Inner East Melbourne 206 95%
Australian Capital Territory 801 95%
Sydney North Shore & Beaches 108 94%
Inner NW Melbourne 201 92%
Bayside 202 91%
Northern Sydney 107 91%
Metro 2 96%
Sthn Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Is. 403 98%
Perth North Metro 502 98%
Central Adelaide & Hills 402 98%
South Western Melbourne 203 97%
Eastern Melbourne 207 97%
South Eastern Sydney 103 96%
Bentley-Armadale 504 96%
Metro North Brisbane 301 96%
Fremantle 503 96%
Gold Coast 303 96%
Perth Central & East Metro 501 95%
Greater Metro South Brisbane 302 94%
Metro 3 96%
South Western Sydney 104 97%
South Eastern Melbourne 208 97%
West Moreton-Oxley 305 97%
Northern Adelaide 401 97%
Northern Melbourne 205 95%
Macedon Ranges & NW Melb 204 94%
Western Sydney 105 93%
Regional 1 96%
Frankston-Mornington Peninsula# 209 98%
Barwon 210 98%
Perth South Coastal 505 97%
Hunter 111 96%
Illawarra-Shoalhaven 110 96%
Nepean-Blue Mountains 106 96%
Central Coast NSW 109 93%
Sunshine Coast 304 93%
Regional 2 96%
Wide Bay 307 100%
Goulburn Valley# 215 99%
Great South Coast# 212 99%
Western NSW# 115 99%
South West WA# 506 99%
Loddon-Mallee-Murray 214 98%
Tasmania 601 97%
North Coast NSW 113 97%
Murrumbidgee 116 97%
Darling Downs-SW Qld 306 96%
Hume 216 95%
Southern NSW 117 93%
Gippsland 217 92%
Grampians 211 91%
New England 114 NP
Country South SA 404 NP
Rural 1 99%
Lower Murray 213 100%
Townsville-Mackay 310 99%
Central Qld 308 99%
Country North SA 405 98%
Far West NSW 118 97%
Rural 2 97%
Northern Territory 701 98%
Far North Qld 311 96%
Goldfields-Midwest 507 94%
Central & NW Qld 309 NP
Kimberley-Pilbara 508 NP

# Statistically different (at the 95% level) from the peer group percentage.

This area has >5% of its population in very remote areas which were not included in the Patient Experience Survey 2010–11. For more information see Technical Supplement.

NP Not available for publication.

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